discharge

[ verb dis-chahrj; noun dis-chahrj, dis-chahrj ]
/ verb dɪsˈtʃɑrdʒ; noun ˈdɪs tʃɑrdʒ, dɪsˈtʃɑrdʒ /

verb (used with object), dis·charged, dis·charg·ing.

verb (used without object), dis·charged, dis·charg·ing.

noun


Nearby words

  1. discern,
  2. discernible,
  3. discerning,
  4. discernment,
  5. discerptible,
  6. discharge lamp,
  7. discharge printing,
  8. discharge tube,
  9. dischargeable,
  10. dischargee

Origin of discharge

1300–50; Middle English deschargen < Anglo-French descharger, Old French < Late Latin discarricāre, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + carricāre to load; see charge

Related forms

Synonym study

6. See release. 7. See perform.

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British Dictionary definitions for discharge

discharge

verb (dɪsˈtʃɑːdʒ)

noun (ˈdɪstʃɑːdʒ, dɪsˈtʃɑːdʒ)

Derived Formsdischargeable, adjectivedischarger, noun

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Word Origin and History for discharge
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Medicine definitions for discharge

discharge

[ dĭs-chärj ]

v.

To emit a substance, as by excretion or secretion.
To release a patient from custody or care.
To generate an electrical impulse. Used of a neuron.

n.

The act of releasing, emitting, or secreting.
A substance that is excreted or secreted.
The generation of an electrical impulse by a neuron.

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Science definitions for discharge

discharge

[ dĭs-chärj ]

Noun

The conversion of chemical energy to electric energy within a storage battery.
A flow of electricity in a dielectric, especially in a rarefied gas.
A flowing out or pouring forth, as of a bodily fluid; emission or secretion.
A substance or material that is released, emitted, or excreted, especially from the body.

Verb

To undergo or cause the release of stored energy or electric charge, as from a battery or capacitor.
To release, emit, or excrete a substance, especially from the body.
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